January 17, 2007

THE CHARITABLE EXPLANATION IS THAT HE'S ALWAYS BEEN A DUPE:

Exclusive: Jimmy Carter Interceded on Behalf of Nazi SS Guard: A former U.S. Justice Department official disclosed to Arutz-7 that former U.S. President Jimmy Carter's advocacy extended beyond the Palestinians, when he interceded on behalf of a Nazi SS man. (Ezra HaLevi, 1/18/07, Arutz Sheva)

Neil Sher, a veteran of the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Special Investigation, described a letter he received from Carter in 1987 in an interview with Israel National Radio's Tovia Singer. The letter, written and signed by Carter, asked that Sher show "special consideration" for a man proven to have murdered Jews in the Mauthausen death camp in Austria. [...]

[Martin] Bartesch, who had immigrated to the U.S. and lived in Chicago, admitted to Sher's office and the court that he had voluntarily joined the Waffen SS and had served in the notorious SS Death's Head Division at the Mauthausen concentration camp where, at the hands of Bartesch and his cohorts, many thousands of prisoners were gassed, shot, starved and worked to death. He also confessed to having concealed his service at the infamous camp from U.S. immigration officials.

"We had an extraordinary piece of evidence against him - a book that was kept by the SS and captured by the American armed forces when they liberated Mauthausen," Sher said. "We called it the death book. It was a roster that the Germans required them to keep that identified SS guards as they extended weapons to murder the inmates and prisoners."

An entry in the book for October 10, 1943 registered the shooting death of Max Oschorn, a French Jewish prisoner. His murderer was also recorded: SS guard Martin Bartesch. "It was a most chilling document," Sher recalled. [...]

The family approached several members of Congress. "The congressmen would, very understandably, forward their claims over to our office and when they learned the facts they would invariably drop the case," Sher recalled.

But there was one politician who accepted the claims without asking for any further information.


Posted by Orrin Judd at January 17, 2007 9:58 PM
Comments

We eagerly await comment from all those who derided Reagan for going to Bitburg.

Posted by: ratbert at January 17, 2007 11:23 PM

Actually, this is an unsupported story - and Sher was disbarred around 1990 by the US District Court. Absent some confirmation, let this one pass for Jimmy. Although his comments yesterday (wondering why he is being attacked for his book, when he has done more for the Middle East than any other President) reveal his proud stupidity quite clearly.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 18, 2007 3:56 PM
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